Longer trading hours approval for Grind at Cronulla opens up wine bar option


Richard Calabro and the Grind team. Picture: John Veage

Richard Calabro and the Grind team. Picture: John Veage

Popular Cronulla cafe Grind has had mixed results after applying to trade for longer hours.

Sutherland Shire Council rejected its application to open its indoor seating area at 5am, instead of the present 6am.

However, the council approved an extension of night-time trading hours.

Grind will be open its indoor area up till midnight from Monday to Saturday, and up till 10pm on Sunday.

Outdoor seating is allowed from 7am to 10pm from Monday to Saturday, and from 7am to 9pm on Sunday.

The council placed strict noise conditions on the late trading, including only a single door to the cafe to be open.

Grind’s owner Richard Calabro said he would have liked to have opened at 5am to “provide customers with the service they want at that time”.

“Tradesmen are setting off for work and there are a lot of other people up and about who are looking for coffee.

“Other cafes in the shire open at that time, and you have to question who has approval.

“You just want things to be fair.”

Mr Calabro said approval to open later would allow him to expand the use of the premises by pursuing other interests.

”I can use my liquor licence and open a wine bar and provide more live music and live arts,” he said.

Mr Calabro, a well-known musician, said Grind could cater for community-based events, such as giving HSC students a platform, and also accommodate private functions.

He said he was looking to introduce changes in the first quarter of next year.

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